About the Book
Author: Rachel Scott McDaniel
Genre: Christian Romance
Release date: September 2021
Two women, a century apart, are bound by a haunting secret aboard a legendary steamboat.
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.
As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in seeing others’ dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn’t planned on was Chase Jones showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s.
A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain, her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie’s determined to discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall’s handsome skin.
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I enjoyed this time slip novel of two women 100 years apart living and working on the same steamship while also discovering their dreams and their own loves.
Devyn in present day has been tasked with making the Belle ship the top wedding venue. She only has so much time to get it done, her boss has lots of confidence in her, if only she could have bit of that. Not only that but a stranger by the the name of Chase Jones shows up asking for her help in finding a woman from his ancestral past. In return he will help her advertise. What could go wrong with his charming personality and their witty banter? Well, Devyn for one does not want to loser her heart again to a smooth talker and I can certainly understand given her story that comes out.
Hattie Louis was abandoned and raised by Duffy the steamboat captain. She is quite a tomboy and plans to spend her life on the Idlewild if she could just get her license, which was basically unheard of for women at that time. But when Duffy begins handing over the reigns to a complete stranger, Hattie wants to know why. Little does she know the adventure, love, and the secrets that await her.
I liked both of these stories a lot. There was quite a bit of a mystery and hidden agendas that all came together and wrapped up neatly by the end.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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A Century on the River
In 1914, America hadn’t joined WWI yet. Airplanes, or flying machines as they were called, were still a phenomenon. Radios weren’t a thing. Hawaii and Alaska weren’t part of the United States. The world as a whole looked different than the one we walk today. But one thing remains true as it had 100 years ago—The Belle of Louisville graced the waters. In fact, the century-old steamboat is like a floating time capsule.
The boat was then sold to New Orleans where it continued to ferry passengers. In 1931, The Idlewild spent a season in Louisville running trips to Rose Island and Fontaine Ferry amusement parks. It then spent the next several years coursing the waterways from Canada to New Orleans, living upon the Mississippi and Ohio river systems until WWII. The second world war brought a lot of action to the Idlewild which was then outfitted with special equipment to push oil barges along the river. She also served as a floating USO nightclub for troops stationed at military bases along the Mississippi River.
In 1947, she was sold and renamed the Avalon. For the next two decades the legendary lady spent her days along the rivers, hosting excursions, bringing adventure to the hearts of many Americans. But all those years and miles eventually caught up to her and she fell in disrepair. In 1962, she was put up for auction in Cincinnati where she was purchased by Jefferson County Judge Executive Marlow Cook for $34,000. She then received her third name, The Belle of Louisville.
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